8 facts about the largest olive farm in the World – Al Jouf, Saudi Arabia

The people of the Kingdom are proud to hear the news of Al- Jouf Olive farms to enter the Guinness world records.  Saudi Arabia is well known for its olive production and it relies on Al-Jouf region of Saudi Arabia.  It lies near the Jordanian border where olive trees are grown on large scale.

Very recently Al- Jouf Agriculture Development Company received a certificate of merit from the Guinness world record to hold the largest and modern olive farms in the world. Let’s read out the fact that made its entrance in Guinness World Records.

1-Olive Cultivation in Saudi Arabia first began in Al- Jouf region in Saudi Arabia, basically in Basita area and then it was later enhanced and extended to the outskirts of Tabuk region.

2-Al- Jouf started its olive tree plantation in 2007 and in just 2 years, in 2009 it significantly expanded its agriculture and planted more than 13 million olive trees and it is expected soon the number will grow up to 20 million.

3-During Olive festival in Saudi Arabia that was held on this Tuesday by the company’s chairman Abdul Aziz bin Meshaal, Al Jouf record of $2.9 mln in the sale and 152,000 visitors.

4-Al Jouf Agriculture Company currently owns an area of 7,730 hectares which have nearly 5,000,000 olive trees.

5-The olive oil produced in this company has received eight quality certificate.

6-The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia consumes more than 30,000 tons of olive oil among which half of the tons (nearly 15,000 tons) is produced by Al Jouf Company.

7-The Al- Jouf Company is the largest olive oil factory in the Middle East.

8-Al- Jouf Province celebrates and organizes an annual olive festival which goes for a couple of weeks and is the biggest event in Arab Gulf region where dozens of Exhibitors display their olive products.

The company CEO Abdul Aziz al Meeshal said the company’s achievement is a tribute to the effort of past 10 years support of Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture that helped it to become successful.

Saudi Arabia is a country that imports nearly 30,000 tons of olive oil and this is increasing day by day after changing the patterns of food consumption and great response from its consumers.

The annual consumption is exceeding its annual production as it is set as 25 percent while the production does not exceed 10 percent.

The Al-Jouf olive Company will soon establish a factory to produce pickled olives and some later it has planned to develop a factory to manufacture personal care products.

Al Jouf province is famous for its agricultural fields and historical places. If you plan a visit to Al Jouf, don’t forget to mark your attendance at Omar bin Khattab Masjid located at Domat Al Jandal. Hazrat Omar R.A. ordered the construction of this mosque upon his return from the Bait Al Maqdis around 1300 years ago.

Moreover, there is a beautiful archeologist castle in the same area called Maarid Castle, Qasr Maarid which should be visited. It is located near to the mosque we have mentioned above.

Source: Al Arabiya